Astronaut Trio Set to Blast Off to International Space Station

For the first time ever, a British astronaut will live at the ISS.

American astronaut Tim Kopra will be joined on the six-hour trip to the space station by veteran Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and the United Kingdom's Tim Peake, who will have the distinction of being the first British astronaut to visit the outpost in low Earth orbit.

This will mark Malenchenko's fourth trip to space. Kopra, the American, served at the space station as a flight engineer during Expedition 20. While in orbit, the astronauts, who will be a part of Expedition 46, will work on various science experiments benefiting life on Earth and others that could have an impact on future long-haul missions in space.